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Need a riding mower #5361035 02/26/20 09:32 PM
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Hello Bitog community,
I have started looking into riding mowers. I want to see peoples opinions were on John Deere versus cub cadet. I’m looking at their models priced between 1500 and 2000. Model specifically are the John Deere E130 and the cub cadet xt1.
Is anyone by any chance on one of these? I’m looking at overall ease-of-use, ease of maintenance, and long-term reliability/low ownership costs. Thank you very much


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Re: Need a riding mower [Re: FirstNissan] #5361041 02/26/20 09:37 PM
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Go find a vintage Wheel Horse in good shape, you won't have to ever buy another.. Way better that what your looking at.

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I’m on a Deere 48” hydro drive and I love that machine. No problems at all. The last hour meter reading that I recall was 506. I enjoy mowing my lawn because we have real winters here and mowing season is warm. Lol
My lawn is 1 acre.

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Re: Need a riding mower [Re: FirstNissan] #5361089 02/26/20 10:24 PM
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You don't say how much lawn you're cutting. but in that price range it may pay to find a used lawn tractor with a welded mower deck, not a stamped deck.


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Re: Need a riding mower [Re: FirstNissan] #5361116 02/26/20 11:14 PM
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My yard is 1/2 acre, flat. I’m done with using a push mower. Takes me way too long


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Get a zero turn.....lawn tractor is a dinosaur.

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Originally Posted by tundraotto
Get a zero turn.....lawn tractor is a dinosaur.


Huge price difference and just marginal in needing one.

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Going to be around $2000 … think a $1200 Husky (Craftsman) 19 HP B&S will do 1/2 acre for years …
Mine is 7 years old and runs perfectly … one set of blades and a belt so far …

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42” Husqvarna
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33” Snapper Rear Engine Rider


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Originally Posted by FirstNissan
My yard is 1/2 acre, flat. I’m done with using a push mower. Takes me way too long


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when you first buy a rider there is a learning curve. Damage to the landscape and mower often result. Some owners have more trouble than others. You will not save time in a yard that small because of all the maneuvering you will have to do. Sharp turns and a hydrostatic transmission are essential. . do not mow fast, you hit stuff, bend deck and rut up the yard. I would go with 42 inch. Mulching requires more frequent mowing and more fuel, grass must be dry. A used mower can be a good thing to get the learning over. Consumer cub cadet and Deere are made by MTD and are close to the same as no name mtd mowers. There are some mowers that have 10 inch turning radius, you want one of these. Also, you have to experiment to find the path that mows the fastest. That may be different than the path that looks the best. I usually say plan on leaving the grass longer, trying to cut low with a rider often looks awful and encourages weeds. 4" is about optimum.

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I have a 28" snapper that I use for my 1/2 acre. Perfect for the yard size and maneuverability.


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I'm also on a flat .5 acre lot and I've had a few riders from very old 12hp 38in Murray, to 17.5hp 42 Murray and now a 48in John Deere Z255 0 turn. I haven't had to pay much for any of them, got them broken and fixed up. I will say that once you go 0 turn there is no going back.. I haven't used my push mower even for trimming since I got it. IMO a big box store John Deere is nothing special and not worth the price premium over any other brand. My zero turn now is fine, but it honestly doesn't cut as well as the 42in Murray did, but it does it MUCH faster and really is way overkill for my yard. I think you'll be pleased with any brand in the 17hp 42in range for your yard...


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I have a John Deere S240 and I love it. I spent more to upgrade to the S240 for the Kawasaki engine. With that being said, I would go with the Cub Cadet in this comparison. The E130 comes with the "John Deere 30 second oil change" system which forces you into buying their special pre-filled filters. You can buy a kit to delete the 30 second oil change system, but the Cub Cadet is already ready to go. The Cub Cadet also has an open back seat and 4 anti-scalp wheels.


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Which motor does the CC have … I know some had Chinese knock off’s

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